Passed away Friday, October 6, 2017 at the age of 85. Walter was born March 6, 1932 in Sandwich, IL to the late John and Olive (Cook) Francis. Walter served in the U.S. Army and retired as a Chaplain/Lt.Col. The family will greet friends on Thursday, October 12th from 10-11am at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St., where a funeral service will begin at 11am. Following a luncheon, burial will be at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Berean Baptist Church, Portage, MI or to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. For obituary and condolences, please see Walter's personalized page at www.langelands.com.